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News Update: Neil Young’s PonoMusic Kickstarter Campaign Passes $1.73 Million Mark

Bruce Springsteen endorsing PonoMusic.

Neil Young’s PonoMusic Kickstarter campaign as, in little over 24 hours, raised $1,731,296 in contributions from 5,280 people.


Meanwhile some of the media weren’t thrilled by how Young and his CEO handled a question at SXSW yesterday about how much PonoMusic will earn from music sales.

Stereogum ran this headline:

Neil Young’s SXSW Keynote Derailed By Simple Question About Pono

And basically reprinted part of a Billboard story:

As Billboard reports, after Young’s speech, Pono CEO John Hamm (not Don Draper) took the stage for a Q&A with Young and USA Today technology reporter Mike Snider. After answering questions about the PonoPlayer’s triangular shape (they wanted something “iconic”), its file format (FLAC), and whether it can play existing digital music libraries (it can), Young and Hamm waffled awkwardly when the subject of money came up. Per Billboard, it went like this:

Taking the microphone, a young man asked: “What’s your cut?” — referring, of course, to Apple’s now-famous 30% cut of sales on the iTunes Store.

Hamm, after a flustered moment, responded that, “It surprises most people that everyone who buys music from the record labels pays exactly the same amount.” At this, several audience members shouted, “What?!”

“That’s a delicate question, isn’t it?” asked Young.

Shortly thereafter, Hamm turned to the moderator, slightly flushed at this point, and said “We can end it.”

“You can answer the question if you like,” Snider said.

Hamm shook his head slightly before Snider closed the discussion.

It’s only a delicate question if you make it one, Neil. Don’t these guys know radical transparency is all the rage?

-– A Days of the Crazy-Wild blog post: sounds, visuals and/or news –

Best of 2013 Dept.: Stereogum Picks the Year’s 50 Best Albums

Stereogum has announced it’s 50 best albums of 2013.

Check out the list below, starting at the bottom and then rising album by album to #1.

Stereogum’s Top 50 for 2013

50. Phosphorescent – Muchacho (Dead Oceans)
49. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience Pt. 1 (RCA)
48. Carcass – Surgical Steel (Nuclear Blast)
47. A$AP Rocky – Long.Live.A$AP (ASAP Worldwide/Polo Grounds/RCA)
46. Yo La Tengo – Fade (Matador)
45. Youth Lagoon – Wondrous Bughouse (Fat Possum)
44. A$AP Ferg – Trap Lord (ASAP Worldwide/Polo Grounds/RCA)
43. Cassie – RockaByeBaby (Bad Boy)
42. Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety (Mexican Summer)
41. Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady (Wondaland/Bad Boy)
40. Pharmakon – Abandon (Sacred Bones)
39. Pure Bathing Culture – Moon Tides (Memphis/Partisan)
38. The Knife – Shaking The Habitual (Rabid)
37. Forest Swords – Engravings (Tri Angle)
36. Julia Holter – Loud City Song (Domino)
35. Gorguts – Colored Sands (Season of Mist)
34. Yuck – Glow & Behold (Fat Possum)
33. The Field – Cupid’s Head (Kompakt)
32. Iceage – You’re Nothing (Matador)
31. Speedy Ortiz – Major Arcana (Carpark)
30. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus 7 (Warp)
29. Phoenix – Bankrupt! (Glassnote/Atlantic)
28. Drake – Nothing Was The Same (Cash Money)
27. The National – Trouble Will Find Me (4AD)
26. Migos – YRN (Self-released)
25. Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks (Polydor)
24. Bill Callahan – Dream River (Drag City)
23. Deerhunter – Monomania (4AD)
22. Superchunk – I Hate Music (Merge)
21. Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe (Virgin/Goodbye)
20. Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe (Domino)
19. Tegan And Sara – Heartthrob (Warner Bros.)
18. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap (Self-released)
17. Windhand – Soma (Relapse)
16. Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt (Don Giovanni)
15. Kvelertak – Meir (Sony Music Scandinavia/Roadrunner)
14. Savages – Silence Yourself (Matador/Pop Noire)
13. Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze (Matador)
12. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels (Fool’s Gold)
11. Volcano Choir – Repave (Jagjaguwar)
10. Arcade Fire – Reflektor (Merge)
09. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (Columbia)
08. HAIM – Days Are Gone (Polydor)
07. Danny Brown – Old (Fool’s Gold)
06. Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time (Capitol)
05. My Bloody Valentine – m b v (Self-released)
04. Disclosure – Settle (Cherrytree)
03. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City (XL)
02. Deafheaven – Sunbather (Deathwish)
01. Kanye West – Yeezus (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)

To see all the covers plus notes about each album and a link to hear the music at Spotify, head to Stereogum.

— A Days of the Crazy-Wild blog post —

What The? NME Compiles A Crazy Top 500 Albums List

So here’s the thing. If you were making a list of the best 500 albums of all time, would you really include Foo Fighters? How about MGMT’s Oracular Spectacular? I mean really? Come on. Seriously?

How about Nirvana’s “Bleach”? I’m a huge Nirvana fans. But if you’re picking 500 albums and you’ve got albums by James Brown and the Rolling Stones and Radiohead and Bob Dylan and Miles Davis and John Coltrane and Billie Holiday and Prince and Johnny Cash and Sleater-Kinney and Tom Waits and the Beach Boys and Woody Guthrie and Joanna Newsom and Bob Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago, and on and on, would you really include include “Bleach”? Or two Kings of Leon albums?

Or how about Arctic Monkeys’ Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not as the 20th best of all time.

Oh well.

Here’s the Top 20:

1. The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead
2. The Beatles – Revolver
3. David Bowie – Hunky Dory
4. The Strokes – Is This It
5. The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico
6. Pulp – Different Class
7. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
8. Pixies – Doolittle
9. The Beatles – The Beatles
10. Oasis – Definitely Maybe
11. Nirvana – Nevermind
12. Patti Smith – Horses
13. Arcade Fire – Funeral
14. David Bowie – Low
15. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
16. Joy Division – Closer
17. Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
18. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
19. Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
20. Radiohead – OK Computer

Check the rest here.

Thanks, Stereogum.